Well let it be said that Oscar viewing parties can be just as swank as the actual Academy Awards themselves. The New York social scene, normally hopping with annual Oscars viewing soirees, was a bit quiet this year. However, there was one diamond in rough event that may sparkle on and on in the future given by Derek and Daniel Koch, Managing Partners of hot spot Jour Et Nuit along with social Devorah Rose. The invite read that attendees were to enjoy an evening that included a prixe fix dinner*** IE: Asparagus soup with Lobster Ravioli and lemon Mousse , Tilapia Provencale and Creme Caramel, a viewing of A Pair of Hearts (a film short produced by the two twins) and of course the viewing of the Oscars.
Upon arrival attendees were privy to a particularly cozy setup in the venue's primary dining room. Several of New York City's hip and social**** were dressed to the nines, taking prime seats around the large plasma screen set to show the evenings festivities. Hosts Derek and Daniel Koch attended to every whim of distinguished guests while hostess Devorah Rose spoke happily, yet cautiously into a wide lens camera. It seems a majority of the evening was being captured, in living color, by a video crew for a major upcoming TV production featuring Ms. Rose. While we cannot reveal what network the footage may or may not appear on, it is safe to say that those in attendance were privy to a fairly historical happening. Attendees sipped on wine and smiled for the cameras before the lights dimmed.
The initial on screen viewing was of A Pair of Hearts, a recent 15 minute film short, produced by Derek and Daniel Koch, starring Derek (see photo at left) and Daniel Koch. The film surrounded the illness of one of the brothers based on a congenital heart defect, a gripping reality for many in our society. While attendees anticipated the outcome the hour drew closer to the start time of the awards show. By the time of the film's end there were but 40 minutes to go and celebs were still walking the red carpet in Los Angeles. The screen returned to the Awards pre-show and the roar the of red carpet arrivals and celebs waving to fans as they entered the Kodak Theater. Guests at this viewing event slowly began to read there menus and make selections.
The Quest for "it" slowly departed at this point but not before saying goodbye to the evening's hosts and getting one more glimpse of the exquisite room set for the very momentous occasion. Only a little more than an hour left before the first presenter would say, " and the Oscar goes to"....
***-Additional Prixe Fixe offerings included: Wild Mushroom Pancetta Risotto with spinach & truffle, Hanger Steak with caramelized Cipollini onions, Boulangere Potato and Bourdelaise sauce etc...
****-hip and social included: Montgomery Frazier, Kristian Laliberte, Annabel Vartanian, Kim Bates, Morten Davidsen, Designer Nicole Romano, Rich Thomas and Actor Teddy G. among others
*photos by The Quest for "it"